By: Steve Johnson
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
5’10 1/8″ 207lbs
28 1/2″ arms. 9 1/2″ hands.
DNP 40 DNP Vert DNP Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 Yard Shuttle
2015: (at Texas A&M) 8 games. 72/121 for 686 yards. 5 TD, 7 int
2016: (sat out due to NCAA transfer rules)
2017: 7 games. 18/21 for 359 yards. 3 TD, 0 int
2018: 14 games. 260/377 for 4,361 yards. 42 TD, 7 int
Misc. Stats: 207 rush att, 1,478 yards, 13 TDs in career.
Accolades: 2014 Gatorade Football Player of the Year, 2018 First-team All-Big 12, 2018 First-team All-American, 2018 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, 2018 AP Player of the Year, 2018 Davey O’Brien Award Winner, 2018 Rose Bowl Winner, 2018 Heisman Trophy
History: Five-star recruit from Allen, TX. Was a Two-time USA Today All-American and 2x Mr. Texas Football and three-time State Champion. He finished his career as a perfect 42-0. Is also a top baseball prospect. Was the only player ever chosen to play in the Under Armour All-American Baseball Game and the Under Armour All-American Football Game. He played baseball at Oklahoma, and was drafted 8th overall in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics. His father played QB for Texas A&M in the 80s, and his uncle was a professional baseball player. Has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will forego his Senior season.
Strengths: Incredible athlete, dynamic player on both the gridiron and on the baseball diamond. Has an “it” factor, and could completely change the locker room and be the face of a franchise. Feet are always moving. Has extremely rare pocket mobility to extend plays and turn possible losses into huge plays. Can make rushers look silly dipping underneath or side stepping, with excellent juke ability. Has natural feet and a natural feel for his surroundings. Throwing motion is clean and quick. Throws a very catchable ball, puts excellent touch on it. Excellent deep ball accuracy, hitting receivers on the fly. Good decision maker, has a good feel for the game and the position. Added RPO ability is a huge positive, and immediately brings a different factor into how Defensive Coordinators defend him. Arm strength checks the box.
Weaknesses: Size is an obvious concern, barely 5’10”, with below average hands. Requires the entire team philosophy, not just the offense, to be tailored to his play style. Inexperienced, just a one year starter, in the high powered big 12 at that. Comes from a system that has put up big numbers without him. Risk taking, specifically trying to fit the ball into tight windows, will need to improve or he will learn very quickly in the NFL.
Overview: Murray is the type of guy that could position your franchise to contend for Super Bowls or get you fired in three years. There’s no denying that he is extremely talented, and although we’ve heard all the comparisons, is really a type of player we might not have seen before. The question is are you willing to look past the way things have always been done when evaluating Quarterbacks.
Draft Projection: 1st Overall Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.32
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